Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 27th Jan 2014 00:02 UTC
Legal

Ingrid Lunden explains the significance of the deal (I dislike her headline though, since it falsely implies Google and Samsung were at legal odds):

First, the deal will bolster both Samsung and Google's patent positions against patent infringement allegations and subsequent litigation from competitors, and specifically Apple, which has been involved in acrimonious, multinational patent battles worth billions of dollars against Samsung for years now, over Samsung's Android-powered range of Galaxy smartphones and tablets.

Second, it is a sign of how Google continues to put the patents it gained from its $12.5 billion Motorola acquisition to good use across the Android ecosystem. The ecosystem part is key here. I personally wouldn’t be surprised to see deals like this one appear with other OEMs.

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RE: Comment by Nelson
by andydread on Tue 28th Jan 2014 12:16 UTC in reply to "Comment by Nelson"
andydread
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Waiting for the faux outrage at the licensing of IP. Google/Samsung just did exactly what Microsoft/Samsung or Microsoft/Facebook did.

http://www.osnews.com/story/25193/Microsoft_Samsung_Sign_Patent_Lic...

http://www.osnews.com/story/25862/Microsoft_Facebook_announce_paten...

Yet strangely this article lacks the usual inflammatory rhetoric.


Hey clown. Microsoft is taxing people on code MS has nothing to do with. How about you sit down at your computer and write some code and I come along and claim ownership of your code due to dubious and shaky abstract software-patents that you have to spend millions to defend yourself against? I'm sure your head hasn't been that far up your gluteus maximus that you are unaware of this very important fact because you read OSnews so you must be a troll and a very poor one to boot.

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